NRA Threatens Senators Who Support Bill That Would List Financial Supporters of Attack Ads

| by Michael Allen

The National Rifle Association (NRA) recently sent out a warning letter to U.S. senators who are set to vote in favor of the DISCLOSE Act of 2012, which would allow citizens to know what corporations and rich donors are paying for the “independent expenditure” attack ads allowed by the 5-4 Citizens United ruling.

The proposed legislation would require groups that choose to run outside political ads to tell voters which donors funded the ads.

While some claim the bill would add transparency to the political process, the NRA says that its “provisions require organizations to turn membership and donor lists over to the government” and would violate the right of citizens “to speak and associate privately and anonymously.”

The NRA letter warns:

Due to the importance of the fundamental speech and associational rights of the National Rifle Association’s four million members, and considering the blatant attack on those rights that S. 3369 represents, we strongly oppose the DISCLOSE Act and will consider votes on this legislation in future candidate evaluations.